Clinical Coordinator of Music Therapy
M.S. Special Education (Visual Impairment), University of North Dakota; B.M. Music Therapy, B.A. Honors Program, University of North Dakota
Natasha Thomas, MS, MT-BC is a Board Certified Music Therapist and the Clinical Coordinator of Music Therapy at Loyola University New Orleans. She received her undergraduate degree in music therapy from the University of North Dakota (UND), holds a masters degree in special education (also from UND, with an emphasis on visual impairment), and is currently pursuing a PhD in expressive arts therapies from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Natasha has served on the Midwest and Southeastern Regional Boards of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) in various committee positions, most recently as the Southeastern representative on the Diversity & Multiculturalism Committee. She is also a past consultant with North Dakota Vision Services/School for the Blind (NDVS/SB) as a transcriber of the Braille Music code, as well as the North Dakota and Manitoba Schools for the Deaf, adapting Music based activities for Deaf education. She is the creator of an online continuing education course called “Music Therapy with the Blind and Deaf,” offered through MusicTherapyEd.com, a resource for music therapists, and is additionally interested in the cultural competency of music therapists and the ways in which the profession can most effectively be advocating for clients’ human rights. Her current research focus is on school-aged English Language Learners (ELLs), and the impact of music improvisation on social self efficacy.